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imminent are your concerns? should assad believe that his weapons are sheltered and safe from potential response, a potential military action by anyone? >> well, without commenting on the specific intelligence that we have with regards to the chemical weapons, i think there is no question that we remain very concerned, very concerned that as the opposition advances, in particular on damascus, that the regime might very well consider the use of chemical weapons. the whole world is watching. the whole world's watching very closely. the president of the united states has made very clear that there will be cons qenszs. -- consequences. there will be consequences if the assad regime makes a terrible mistake by using these chemical weapons on their open people. i'm not going to speculate or comment on what those potential consequences would be. it's fair enough to say that use of those weapons would cross a led line for us. >> [inaudible] >> intelligence we have raises serious concerns this is being consideredded. >> [inaudible] >> barbara, i think you know the president's decided that the ve
disturbed by reports that assad may have weapononized some of his stores of chemical and biological agents and prepared them for use in aerial bombs. these reports suggests that assad's forces are waiting for orders. if true, these reports may mean that the united states and our allies are facing the prospect of use of weapons of mass destruction in syria and this may be the last warning we get. time for talking about what to do may now be coming to a close and we may be left with an awful and very difficult decision. whether to continue on the said lines and hope that a man who has slaughtered nearly 40,000 men, women and children in syria will decide not to take the next step and use far more destructive weapons to kill significantly larger numbers of people, whether to take military action of some kind that could prevent a mass atrocity. if that is the choice we now face, it is a grave and sobering decision and would put the starkest expression on the failure of the administration's policy towards syria. savage and unfair fight, this raged now for nearly two years. the longer this confl
coalition also expressed growing concerns about the assad regime's chemical weapons supply. in an all too familiar scenes of civil war, rockets blasted and fires flared overseer i can't today. far from the fighting in brussels, nato members approved turkey's request for patriot antimissile systems. they will defend against syrian shelling and rocket fire that land on the turkish side. the issue has taken on greater urgency. amid u.s. warnings that syria could be preparing to use chemical weapons against the rebels. >> the syrian stock piles of chemical weapons are a matter of great concerns. we know that syria possesses... we know they have the chemical weapons. it is a matter of urgency to ensure effective defense and protection of our ally turkey. >> woodruff: nato chief also warned of even stronger action if the syrian government crosses the chemical line. echoing monday's statements by president obama. >> if anybody resorts to these terrible weapons, i would expect an immediate reaction from the international community. >> woodruff: syria has denied any intention of using chemical wea
to assad and those under his command. the world is watching. the use of chemical weapons is and would be totally unacceptable. and if you make the tragic mistake of using these weapons, there will be consequences and you will be held accountable. >> president obama this week warned the president of syria, bashar al-assad not to use syria's chemical weapons against his own people. rebel syrians are waging an offensive against other syrians, largely assad's government forces. unnamed u.s. officials say that syria has even gone so far as to load the precursor ingredients of sarin, a deadly nerve gas, into the aerial bombs. whether this activity is to protect the chemicals from advancing rebel forces, or for assad to actually use them against rebel forces, is not clear. as secretary of state hillary clinton points out. >> our concerns are that an increasingly desperate assad regime might turn to chemical weapons or might lose control of them to one of the many groups that are now operating within syria. >> syria automatically denies it intends to use chemical weapons against its its own p
concerned are you? how imminent are your concerns? should assad believe his weapons are safe from a potential military action by anyone? >> well,ñ&r without commenting n specific intelligence we have with regards to the chemical weapons, i think there is no question that we remain very concerned, very concerned that as]u> barbara, i think the president's decided that the veterans apair fair -- affairs is exempted from sequesteration. i also say as we look at that as great news as the p
be deployed as aerial bombs. and the fear is president assad of syria, facing long odds of power in syria or even staying alive, could use the chemical weapons against his own people s. from the defense secretary on down, the world be the world reacted to the news today ur chief foreign we begin with our chief foreign correspondent affairs, andrea mitchell. >> reporter: they warned today that the chemical threat is imminent, from a syrian regime that seems to be losing control. >> reporter: with the war turning against the syrian regime, fears rose of a nightmare scenario that once cornered the desperate bashar al-assad, may use chemical weapons against the world or against his own people. >> the whole world is watching, the whole world is watching very closely. and the president of the united states has made very clear that there will be consequences. >> reporter: u.s. intelligence as first reported by nbc news indicates that syria's military has loaded the precursor bombs, even a tiny bomb can attack the nervous system, killing within seconds or minutes, most of syria's sophisticated we
. secretary of state hillary clinton did an unusual thing and warned president assad there will be consequences if he crosses a line and uses chemical weapons. we know why. pentagon sources tell nbc news the syrian government has loaded seran gas a deadly nerve agent, into aerial bombs and is just waiting for a command from president assad to use it. this week u.s. intelligence detected that flurry of activity at chemical weapon sites. >> our concerns are an increasingly desperate assad regime might turn to chemical weapons or might lose control of them to one of the many groups that are now operating within syria. we have sent an unmistakable message that this would cross a red line and those responsible would are held to account. >> this morning in dublin a sign that the diplomacy is intensifying secretary clinton met with her counterpart, russian minister lab rov and a u.n. special envoy on the side of an international security conference she is taking part in. russia is one of syria's main allies but have opposed and opposed any u.n. measures against him up until
that there will be consequences. there will be consequences. if the assad regime makes a terrible mistake by using these chemical weapons. >> syria denies it is mobilizing chemical weapons in a civil war in which 40,000 people have lost theirs in 21 months. instead, they say they're trying to create fear and set for an attack. hillary clinton met with russia's foreign minister twice today in dublin. these are important meetings because russia is a syrian alley. but is it too late? national security contributor, fran townsend, is a member of the cia. cedrick layton member of the joipt staff. what are those consequences? is the u.s. going to passing the point of no return here? >> well, it is, look, the most recent information suggests they're preparing to be able to launch these warheads containing gas and other chemical weapons. that's a problem because now, a military strike could trigger the dissemination of such weapons. what you have to do now is is get the timely tactical intelligence to interrupt the decision cycle. that is get between assad and the individual who presses the button to launch that missile.
on bashar al-assad part to underestimate him. >> rose: robert gate for the hour, next. >> charlie rose was provided by the following. >> rose: additional funding provided by these funders. and by bloomberg, a provider of multimedia news and information services worldwide. from our studios in new york city, this is charlie rose. >> rose: robert gates is here, hhe has had a distinguished career in public service spanning six decades and served under eight presidents from lyndon johnson to barack obama. >> he took the top job in 1991 under george h.w. bush, president of texas a & m university from 2002 to 2006 when president george w. bush appointed him secretary of defense. president obama asked him to stay at the pentagon making him the first defense secretary to serve in both a republican and the democratic administration, he left his post in june, 2011. at his farewell ceremony president obama awarded him the presidential award of freedom. >> the highest honor. >> this is a man i have come to know and respect. a humble american patriot. a man of common sense and decency. quite simply
materials into bombs is is awaiting final orders from president assad to use it on the people. one official said if assad goes ahead, there's little the world can do. meantime, secretary of state clinton met with her counterpart from russia, syria's strongest ally. they met on the sidelines of a european security conference in ireland. the special u.n. envoy to syria was at the meeting said they agreed to seek a, quote, creative solution to the syrian crisis. jim miklaszewski joins us with the latest. let's talk about the information that nbc reported regarding the syrian military and its actions right now. >> to be clear the precursor of chemicals or at least a couple that actually when combined chemically create that deadly nerve gas. we've been told by u.s. sources those precursor chemicals have been preloaded now into aerial bombs that could be dropped from the fighter bombers onto the syrian people. as of this afternoon there is still no indication that the syrians have actually put -- attempted to put those weapons on aircraft or that there's been a final fatal order from president as
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mideast bureau. what is the latest. >> reporter: as part of this sur push to topple the bashar al-assad we've seen heavy fighting in damascus, particularly around the airport. rebels are focusing in on that area. in the past three or four days we've seen all international flights in and out of the airport canceled. rebels have issued a warning saying civilians should leave the area. they've declared it a military zone. if rebels do take that airport it would be a major defeat for the bashar al-assad. it would cut off an important supply line for the bashar al-assad regime which relies on that airport to get supplies in and out. there are reports the rebels have gained access to heavy syrian tanks and other heavy weapons. much of the fighting is street to street, block to block, house to house, urban combat at its worst. hillary clinton says the events in syria are accelerating, and both sides are talking about some way to try to find some type of resolution to this war in syria that has lasted nearly two years long. russia a big supporter of the bashar al-assad, the russian foreign ministe
clear that with assad in power there is no possibility, none whatever, for democratic process in syria. for years syria has been one of the most repressive countries in the world according to the state department rights reports, analytical studies by freedom house. political dissidents were routinely in prisons or disappeared and journalists were silenced. human-rights activists operated underground living in constant fear of the dreaded -- mr reuel marc gerecht 23 -- assad was cast by many as a, quote, reformer but his terrible treatment of his own people should have been a strong indication of what he was really all about. callie government treats its people the true testament to its character. callie government treats its own people in vindication of how it will act on the world stage. we have seen how assad operates in the region and how his ties to iran and hezbollah have strengthened over the years. iran has desperately sought to bolster the regime in damascus, its only true ally in the region. this has meant providing weapons, logistical support and tactical advice to syrian gov
-and-death battle which high level diplomats say is bad and getting worse. despite its air power the assad regime appears increasingly on the defensive against rebel forces which according to israel's ambassador to the u.s. include a growing number of radical islamist. >> the jihadi presence is big and getting bigger. and the longer the conflict goes on there, the bigger it will get. >> the jihadies are an offshoot of al qaeda in iraq which ones fought a no holds bar battle against american troops. according to jeffrey white a former analyst for the defense intelligence agency, they are now turning the tide against the assad regime. >> they are very good. they give the rebels a combat edge. they are quite willing to dichlt they fight on all key fronts. they're involved in many of the key actions. >> these are not people we want to win. >> but the rebels making inroads on damascus itself, monitoring of syrian bases like this where chemical weapons are stored has detected evidence the assad regime may be preparing to use them in a last ditch attempt to save itself, an act the obama administration h
's a result we can have either bacon or good government. syria's leader assad has been losing his grip during the civil war raising concerns he might use chemical weapons on his own people. monday president obama issued awarning to assad. >> i want to make it absolutely clear to assad and those under his command the world is watching. the use of chemical weapons is and would be totally unacceptable. if you make the tragic mistake of using these weapons there will be consequences and you will be held accountable. >> i can't wait to see what that is going to be. given the propensity the u.n. can get it fixed if he does use chemical weapons we will send him a letter. if that doesn't work a strongly worded letter and if that doesn't work, we will send him a really strongly worded letter with all of the words in bold type. you know the tragedy is the president promised us he understood people in these muslim countries and they would listen to him in a way they didn't listen to previous presidents. how is that working out for us? it is not working out at all. egypt is a mess, syria is in civil war
evidence that the assad regime has resorted to using chemical weapons against their own people, but suffice it to say, we are certainly planning to take action if that eventuality were to occur. >> and while washington buzzes over this video tribute to clinton, some are asking is it a farewell to the secretary or prelude to 2016? honoring the icons. politics meets hollywood. a tribute to the arts. president obama finds a way to salute an eclectic group of honor honorees. >> we've got my guy sitting next to dustin hoffman. dave letterman alongside one of the greatest ballerinas of all time. i couldn't think dave dances. there's no smooth transition from ballerina to led skep lin. they redefine the rock and roll lifestyle. we do not have video of this. there was some hotel rooms trashed and mayhem all around. so it's fitting that we're doing this in a room with windows about three inches thick. >> and oh baby, the palace makes it official, there was a reason she's been toasting with water, not wine. the duke and duchess are expecting. happy days. >> good day. i'm andrea mitchell live in washi
they do to the assad regime in syria when its own people suffer. . . unef poor broadcasting decisions, in-house fighting, the outright nepotism at the broadcasting agencies. those committed to democracy need to work harder at making allies in that region right now 67% of the iranian people want an end to that regime, what a western-style democracy, do not want a theocracy and there is no reason that number shouldn't be 87%. >> this isn't the carrot and stick of traditional diplomacy. it's certainly not a grand bargain with a regime but it's a focus on the people of iran with a message that they are better than their government, and i think that is part of the philosophy. unfortunately, let me make this point, because i have seen this in administration after administration. i saw the bush administration go silent on the north korean human rights abuses when and bargained with a regime during the end of that administration. we will likely see an impulse of the same with the obama administration in iran, and that means congress will have to push very hard to see that human rights and dr. c.
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sending over dire warnings to bashar al assad about any move to use chemical weapons on his people as a red line for this country. first of all, what is happening with our intelligence gathering machine now that we have that one bit of information that at least we know in terms of keeping an even closer watch on what's happening? >> well, my guess is that's the number one intel focus right now for the u.s. government is not so much the battle between rebels and asat but the fate of those chemical weapons. i think this story that they're starting to mix weapons, potentially put sarin gas in bombs, is the big story. it's bigger than the iran story, bigger than any other story i have heard this week. it's deeply troubling, and it raises two sets of questions. one is will the regime in its death throes resort to the use of chemical weapons. it's not the first time we've seen that in the middle east. saddam used it, nasr used it. the u.s. laid down a red line. it said do not move those chemical weapons agents, certainly do not use them, and having drawn that red line, if assad starts to
is is it that assad will give that order? >> the government was forced to close the airport because of fighting near, it took down the entire internet. his country is no longer just beleaguered, it is besieged. he can last a while longer but he is in trouble. if he uses chemical weapons, that is a point at which the international community will no longer sit at a distance in dealing with this regime. i think he may know that. weighing the alternatives, it may be an instrument he might think will keep him in power but it could provoke and accelerate his denies. >> would the russians abandon him? >> the russian position in supporting the assad regime and calling for some sort of negotiations with the administration that would keep assad around have been his mainstay and the russian position appears to be fluctuating a little, the fact that vladimir putin has been talking to the president of turkey, the prime minister of turkey, about how they can find some outcome and not see the endless bloodshed that has cost 40,000 lives so far. i think we are beginning to see a lot of forces come together. not eno
on political grounds. >> a quick correction to the story on syria last night. i mistakenly said that assad's father used chemical weapons against his own people, which he did not. we apologize for the error. a typhoon blew through the philippines. so far, 270 are dead. mudslides and floods washed away entire villages. rescue crews are still trying to get to some areas. the bbc now reports from manila. >> the human cost is great. current of water came gushing down the mountain, killing and injuring scores of people. people like this family. >> my father is in hospital. my mother and older brother were swept away by the flood water. that is the last time i saw them. my mother said to me, "i love you." >> carried to safety by his cousin, young julia's is facing the fact that most of his immediate family are dead. more than half of the reported casualties are from the same province. most of their crops have been wiped out. power and communications are down, homes and infrastructure destroyed. >> the government in manila is accused of doing too little, too late. -- too little, too late in past
to the story on syria last night. i mistakenly said that assad's father used chemical weapons against his own people, which he did not. we apologize for the error. a typhoon blew through the philippines. so far, 270 are dead. mudslides and floods washed away entire villages. rescue crews are still trying to get to some areas. the bbc now reports from manila. >> the human cost is great. current of water came gushing down the mountain, killing and injuring scores of people. people like this family. >> my father is in hospital. my mother and older brother were swept away by the flood water. that is the last time i saw them. my mother said to me, "i love you." >> carried to safety by his cousin, young julia's is facing the fact that most of his immediate family are dead. more than half of the reported casualties are from the same province. most of their crops have been wiped out. power and communications are down, homes and infrastructure destroyed. >> the government in manila is accused of doing too little, too late. -- too little, too late in past disasters. but this time, they are active. peop
, that as of now, the bombs remain in the depots have not been loaded on the planes and president assad has not given the fatal order to attack, matt. >> hey, mick, a few days ago, president obama warned the syrian regime, if you use chemical weapons, quote, there will be consequences, and you will be held accountable. talk to me about any viable military options the u.s. has at its disposal right now. >> the preemptive strike is pretty much limited. ground troops out of the question. as syria has one of the most robust air defense systems in the world given to them by the russians. and cruise missiles could be launched but not against the missile sites themselves because that would indicate and could easily spread the deadly sarin gas. some have suggested, our, cruise missiles could be launched at regime targets. you know, but the solution to this may be occurring right now as we speak there in dublin where secretary of state hillary clinton is holding an unscheduled meeting with the russian foreign minister about syria. russia is syria's largest ally. if they can be convinced to withdraw
of weapon and other material to to forces loyal to president assad. good evening once agai again. people in syria are leaving afraid that president assad will unleash chemical weapon them. region around damascas is a battle zone and two million syrian are out of the homes tonight. it's raining. it is cold. and the conditions are miserable. abc news reporter alex is one of the few journalist inside syri syria. >> rain poured as we approached the crossing into syria. first stop a rebel checkpoint. tank and men armed with ak 47. once past them a narrow winding road that led us to white tent and sea of red mud. in it the faces of this growing crisis. children huddled around the only source of warmth. tiny campfire. partof the mass exodus. family fleeing the cross fire of syria bloody civil war. for them life is dire. and growing dangerous. few here have their own jacket or shoes. it's growing colder by the day. fear that children are getting sicker. they pet just one small bottle of water a day person. for all 12,000 refugee, there are only 4 toilets. pouring into an open
that the assad regime may be preparing to use chemical weapons against rebels now. nbc's chief foreign correspondent richard engle reports from syria's board we are tokyo. >> the fighting in damascus is intense. rebels in the streets gaining ground. a car bombing in the capital. a military barracks nearby, rebels claim, overrun. and the road to damascus airport syria's main international link cut off. this war 21 months in is now moving fast. as rebels advance, they're capturing syrian tanks and seizing new weapons, able to shoot down helicopters. even fighter jets challenging the regime's air superiority. in the capital bread lines in what has been the regime's stronghold. more lines in aleppo and little power. though assad still has the upper hand. rebels worry that the increasingly desperate dictator will resort to chemical weapons. that would be catastrophic for syrians and intolerable to syria's neighbors. chemical gas could drift across borders. neighboring turkey asked for and will get patriot missiles from naito, able to shoot down incoming rockets or aircraft. the assad regime
to president bashir al assad are preparing bombs with chemical weapons. syrian soldiers fighting with rebels for control over the outskirts of damascus. now, witnesses tell cnn that 30 people were killed today in street battles across syria. we're also learning about a car bombing in the city of homs and a horrible, horrible discovery. dozens of bodies believed to be victims of a massacre. the same time rebel fighters, they are taking on syrian forces literally house to house in the country's largest city. that is aleppo, and that is where we find our arwa damon today. >> reporter: for two months the streets here have been a war zone. part of a bigger battle for control of aleppo, syria's largest city. this father of four is one of the rebel fighters here. this is our country, our homes that are being destroyed, he tells us. he used to sell thread. now he runs logistics for his unit. so what he is explaining to us is that this was street to street fighting, and it took his unit quite some time to advance and right now they have the tractor here because they're trying to clear out this road s
developments this morning in syria as well. increasing the fear that bashar al assad's embattled regime may be preparing to use chemical weapons against its opponents. nbc news reports that syria's military loaded the component chemical for the deadly nerve gas cerron into bombs that could be used in fighter jets. they reported that syrian forces started combining chemical that could be used to make that gas for weapons. >>> here at home, big news in the state of washington. it's the first state in the nation to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. voters approved a ballot initiative last month making it legal for adults to possess up to an ounce of marijuana. the new law took effect at midnight and people marked the occasion with a pot party at seattle space needle overnight. it's not a blanket license to smoke pot anywhere anytime. cnn's miguel marquez has been up all night, live in seattle for us. so it's not illegal to smoke marijuana but the whole distribution network of marijuana and the distribution and sale of marijuana is still illegal. there's a big asterisk here for recrea
obama has been warning of consequences if al assad makes what mr. obama calls the tragic mistake of using chemical weapons. former british prime minister tony blair voiced his concerns earlier on cnn. >> i mean now the death toll probably would be around 40,000, since this began, since a large number of people. but if there was any sense at all that assad was going to use chemical weapons or did use chemical weapons against his own people i expect a tough response that would be military. >> and nato is taking no chances by trying to protect one of its members, alliance expected to authorize deployment of operate out missiles to turkey's border with syria. i want to bring in cnn's ivan watson joining us istanbul in turkey. the turkish government asked for nato's help after the syrian government was shelling near the border and coming across inside turkey, one memorable occasion. do these missiles perhaps border tensions or the deterrent that nato claims? they're defense everybody not offensive? >> reporter: if you talk to the turkish government, if you talk to nato, officials argu
? and should assad believe that his weapons are sheltered and safe from potential -- a potential response in a potential military action by anyone? >> well, without commenting on the specific intelligence that we have with regards to the chemical weapons, there is no question that we remain very concerned, very concerned that as the ouch suggestion advances in particular damascus and the regime, we very well consider the use of chemical well -- weapons. the whole world is watching. the world is watching very closely. and the president of the united states has made very clear that there will be cops consequenceses -- consequences there will be consequences if the assad regime makes a terrible mistake by using these chemical weapons. i'm not going speculate, comment on what the potential consequences would be. i think it's fair enough to say that there are use of the -- [inaudible] the intelligence that we have raises serious concerns. >>> i think that, you know, the president decided that the department of veterans for the sequestration. i would say we, you know, look at that as great news
for syria. i imagine both secretary clinton and mr. brahimi would be lean on the russians to convince assad to leave power. he's finished in syria. there's no way he's going to emerge victorious. the only options for him are to lose and lose his life, most probability, or leave syria but certainly this civil war now more than 40,000 people dead, and with the latest problem with chemical weapons, the civil war has to be brought to an end. >> now, ambassador, both president obama and secretary of state clinton warned chemical weapons are the red line on syria. i also want to play something that defense secretary leon panetta had to say in reaction to the reports about the preparation of chemical weapons. let play that and talk about what diplomatic options are left. >> the president of the united states made very clear that there will be consequences. there will be conconsequences if the assad regime makes a terrible mistake by using these chemical weapons on their own people. i'm not going to speculate or comment on what those potential consequences would be. >> well, the obvious question is
the bombs are still on the ground but hilary clinton and president barack obama are warming assad that using chemical weapons will not go unanswered. >> this would cross a red line. and those responsible will be held to account. >> i want to make it very clear to assad and those in his command. the world is watching. the use of chemical weapons is and would be unacceptable. >> germany's cabinet has now approved setting up anti-missile batteries. nato emphasizes this isn't seen as an intervention shun. what turkey is concerned about are those short-range missiles possibly falling into the wrong hands. secretary of state hillary clinton is in a meeting today, and it is likely during the meeting it will come up that they will talk about trying to get a un peace process for syria back on track. meanwhile u.s. authorities are monitoring what is going on there. and there was news yesterday that they were starting to mix the chemical weapons and move them around, and now they are possibly getting ready to load them on missiles whether or not that are getting ready
concerned, harsh warnings came from the president himself. >> i want to make it absolutely clear to assad and those under his command the world is watching. the use of chemical weapons is and would be totally unacceptable. if you make the tragic mistake of using these weapons, there will be consequences, and you will be held accountable. >> reporter: a senior official tells abc news there are contingency plans for military action if the weapons became a threat. the syrian regime said it would not use chemical weapons under any circumstance, but president ass assad's father used them, and assad himself has been massacring his citizens for nearly two straight years. martha raddatz, abc news, washington. >> it's a little hard to believe since tens of thousands of folks have been killed already, use of chemical weapons would be off limits to the syrian regime right now. considering rebels have made advances that may be one of the most powerful weapons the government has in its arsenal right now. again, that's a red line according to the u.s. if chemicals are used, that could draw us into this
. it certainly wasn't a big item. but listen, we know now, intelligence tells us now that bashar assad in syria has sarin gas and he is partially loaded them on his fighter bombers that now pretty well established. it's not just fox news reporting it and nbc news reporting it. it's intelligence sources in washington and elsewhere abroad. now it is pretty clear that they have taken at least the preliminary steps. however, and here is where i differ from the vice president, i believe that the secretary of state, hillary clinton, and the president of the united states has made very, very clear that that is our red line. we will not allow syria to use weapons of mass destruction -- >> gretchen: how do you stop it? >> i think you have to militarily, sadly, gretchen, i think it would mean the direct involvement of the united states and nato in -- >> brian: and they're welling up troops on the border right now. >> i think it's pretty clear if assad was to take that last desperate step, it would be his end. >> gretchen: i guess my question is timing. let's say that he decides to do it. how do you stop
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